To mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka, the Deputy High Commission in Chennai conducted a week-long Special Consular Service from 29th January to 02nd February 2018 wherein 1139 births were registered for the children born to Sri Lankan parents residing in various refugee camps in South India.

The official flag hoisting ceremony began amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankans and Indian well-wishers amounting to more than 200 persons.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, Mr. Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, ceremonially hoisted the National Flag amidst the beating of traditional drums of Magul Bera followed by singing of National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Sinhala. Two minutes silence honouring the Sri Lankans who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland was observed. As the next event, the traditional oil lamp was lit by the Deputy High Commissioner and other dignitaries. Multi-faith religious observances commenced with imparting of blessings by Venerable Kalawane Mahanama Thero, Monk-In-Charge, Maha Bodhi Society followed by Dr. T.S. Shanmugam Sivachariar Swami, Chief Priest & Administrator of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam, followed by Rev. Fr. Xavier, Parish Priest, Fathima Church, followed by Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque.

The tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka was read by the Officers of the Mission. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein he underscored the importance of introducing reconciliation and coexistence policy and the prospects on economic development to transform Sri Lanka into a hub of the Indian Ocean based on the Vision 2025 document launched in September 2017. Further, he highlighted the Mission’s Special Consular Programme targeting to reach zero level unregistered birth registration for Sri Lankan refugees living in South India. Further, he expressed his gratitude to the Sri Lankan establishments and expatriate community in Southern India for their exemplary services that has continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of the country strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

This year students of Anjana Rajapaksha Dance Academy’s performance added colour and glamour to the event and the participants were able to witness the essence of true Sri Lankan culture.

The official segment of the morning event concluded with singing of National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Tamil. Highlighting the Sri Lankan hospitality, the participants were offered a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.

The Independence Day Reception was held in the evening with the participation of Diplomatic Corps, Government officials, Business Community and well-wishers of the host country with the colourful dance performance by the students of Anjana Rajapaksha Dance Academy.

The celebrations concluded with offering of the Heel Dhanaya with the participation of 16 Venerable Monks, a full-fledged Sanghika-Dhanaya.

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka

08th February, 2018


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